CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Shalane Flanagan’s Project Eclipse journey began on Sept. 26, 2021, when she toed the line at the Berlin marathon— but her inside story started weeks prior with baseline blood analysis from InsideTracker, the leading truly personalized performance and nutrition system, who today released insights collected during Flanagan’s mission to run the six World Marathon Majors in just seven weeks.
Flanagan tested five times over the course of Project Eclipse, with her support team at InsideTracker analyzing more than 43 blood biomarkers to assess muscle health, inflammation, brain health, stress response, energy and endurance. The results were used to inform science-backed nutrition and lifestyle recommendations to calibrate and optimize critical markers for recovery and endurance.
"Following the Berlin and London marathons, I was feeling about how I expected, but the blood test following those races showed me that there were small, distinct changes I could make in nutrition timing and recovery to improve some biomarkers related to muscle health, recovery and stress," said Flanagan. "It was amazing to see how much better I felt after Chicago and Boston, even with those races on back-to-back days. If I hadn’t seen that window of opportunity, I might have assumed there was no room for improvement."
"Shalane is an amazing athlete, so we were expecting to see her respond incredibly well to the challenge. Our deeper curiosity was uncovering what we could learn that would help non-elites optimize for their own amazing feats," said Dr. Gil Blander, co-founder and chief science officer, InsideTracker. "The biggest takeaway for us was seeing how quickly relatively small nutrition and lifestyle adjustments can notably change those critical biomarkers — even in a person who’s already well-optimized, and even when in a period of incredible stress."
InsideTracker will host a virtual media event to discuss the findings on Thursday at 6 p.m. EST featuring Flanagan and members of her InsideTracker science team. Media RSVP: Heather Hawkins
Founded in 2009 by top scientists from acclaimed universities in the fields of aging, genetics and biology, InsideTracker is a truly personalized nutrition and performance system. InsideTracker’s mission is to help people add years to their lives and life to their years by optimizing their bodies from the inside out. By analyzing the body’s data from blood, DNA and fitness trackers, InsideTracker gives a crystal clear picture of what’s going on inside, along with a science-backed action plan for improving your health and becoming your best self. Read our peer-reviewed papers in Scientific Reports and Current Developments in Nutrition.